Ready for International Business
The Dutch workforce is consistently praised by the international business community for its high percentage of advanced educational degrees, multilingual ability and familiarity with foreign working styles and business environments. Many people here can speak more than one foreign language, with English being particularly prevalent, closely followed by German and French.

Highly educated 73% of the Dutch population aged between 25 and 64 years have attained upper secondary education.

Lifelong learning is more prevalent in the Netherlands than most other EU member states, with adults taking a relatively high number of courses to continually improve their levels of knowledge and skill.

The high quality of the Dutch education system is reflected in the PISA ranking. The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a system of international assessments that focuses on 15-year-olds’ capabilities in reading, mathematics and science.

Flexible and productive The Netherlands benefits from a well-motivatedworkforce whose productivity exceeds that in most other European countries. This is largely due to the commonplace implementation of flexible working practices, such as flexible working hours, various types of shift work and employment of temporary workers. Different types of labor contracts are available to accommodate these.

The Netherlands has one of the lowest percentage of days lost to strikes within the whole of the European Union.

Knowledge worker employment Financial and business services: 33%
Research and education: 17%
Manufacturing and utilities: 13%
Transport and communication 11% Source : OECD, 2013
Social security protection Dutch workers are covered by a social security program, the costs of which are shared by workers, employers and the government. In addition, the Dutch social insurance system covers medical and hospital costs and provides a minimum income for those unable to earn a living due to illness, injury or other valid reasons for being unemployed.


Education aligned with industry

The Netherlands’ higher education system is closely aligned to the needs of the global business community. Most universities and technical colleges have forged close business links with commercial enterprises to ensure their training and research activities are designed with practical purpose.

Highly aware of the need to provide a continuing flow of human talent into the workforce via academia, the Netherlands boasts a high proportion of young people enrolled in higher education, especially in technology, economics, law and social sciences.

The Netherlands’ higher education system is comprised of 13 universities and over 100 higher vocational institutes; the latter of which produce engineers and other highly trained professionals eagerly sought by the industry.

The Netherlands ranked 4th in the Global Innovation Index 2013

World class insights Dutch educational institutions are world renowned for their advanced programs in studies of agriculture, geography and city planning, conomics, mathematics and computer sciences, chemical engineering and engineering in general. A prevalence of scientific and technical subjects in the higher education curriculum results in strength and in depth in these fields. The Dutch are aligned to the needs of the global business community. Most universities and technical colleges have forged close business links with commercial enterprises to ensure their training and research activities are designed with practical purpose.

Highly aware of the need to provide a continuing flow of human talent into the workforce via academia, the Netherlands boasts a high proportion of young people enrolled in higher education, especially in technology, economics, law and social sciences.

The Netherlands is also home to a significant number of renowned knowledge and research institutes such as ECN (The Netherlands’ Energy Research Center) and TNO (The Netherlands’ Organization for Applied Scientific Research), which play an important role in the government-initiated public-private innovation programs.

ECN aims for transition to more sustainable kinds of energy production and use forms, TNO connects people and knowledge to create innovations that boost the sustainable competitive strength of industry and well-being of society

The Northern Netherlands also hosts several Universities of Applied Science (Hanze University Groningen, Stenden University Assen/Emmen/Meppel and Leeuwarden, Northern University Leeuwarden, Van Hall Larenstein University Leeuwarden).

The Northern Netherlands advantage

The Northern Netherlands is home to numerous knowledge institutes, the best known of which is the University of Groningen. Founded in 1614, the University of Groningen enjoys an international reputation as one of the oldest and leading research universities in Europe. It offers degree programs at Bachelor, Master and PhD levels in virtually every field, many of which are completely taught in English.


Helping foreign employees feel at home

Because international organizations often need to bring employees in from other countries, the Northern Netherlands is well equipped with services to ease the effort of relocation.

The International Welcome Center North (IWCN) supports both employers’ and employees’ needs concerning migrant workers, speeding up the settling-in process through assistance with all kinds of legal, practical and social matters. – for full information on migrant worker services

Legal formalities Applications for national residence permits (for non EU/ EEA Citizens) and municipal registration (required by all) can be processed faster and more efficiently via the IWCN than directly with the relevant government departments. This service is available to highly skilled employees of companies based in one of the three Northern Netherlands provinces (Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe) that are registered with the IND as recognized sponsors. Companies can also arrange sponsor registration via the IWCN.

Practical knowledge

The IWCN is happy to provide everyone living in the region with referrals to reliable service providers and details on all kinds of practical matters, from opening bank accounts and signing up for health insurance to importing cars and pets. They can also advise on where to obtain various professional services in English or other languages.

Social activities

Settling in socially within a new environment is important for employee motivation.
The IWCN organizes events and activities that help people start building the social and/or business networks that help them (and their families) feel at home.

Personal service through Connect International

Easing the burden of relocation even further, Connect International provides tailor-made service packages, for both employers and employees, covering each of the various stages of relocation.

• Orientation
• Pre-arrival
• Settling-in
• Post-arrival care

Customized plans that take care of immigration legalities, local administration and practical relocation matters can be provided to minimize effort and anxiety at every step. – for more information on personal relocation services